Giuseppe Lore

  • New York City is one of the best cities in the world, but it is also one of the most expensive cities in the world! I have lived in NYC my entire life and all I hear people complain about is how much rent is […]

    • I agree with you that the root of this problem would mainly be the landlords and how they shouldn’t charge a person more than a certain percentage of their monthly income, but how would the landlords know what the residents make? I think that it would be a little awkward to ask them to see their paycheck.

      • I also agree that landlords shouldn’t charge more than a certain percentage of the price. I believe what you asked about the landlord seeing their paycheck really depends on the person since they have a choice to move in to the home knowing the price of the home and the percentage of their income. On the other hand, they can tell the landlord if they’re comfortable.

    • I agree with how you stated that rent is becoming ridiculously way too high, even in areas like the south Bronx and ozone park. Landlords are placing too much of a burden on their tenants forcing some tenants to leave these houses while others have to work twice as hard. This is a major issue because people are already paying 50-60% of their gross incomes on rent. Do you think this is the reasons why these people rely solely on the government for assistance because they ultimately have no other choice?

  • Residential segregation has been implemented in society since the early 20th century. With the policy of Redlining which zoned neighborhoods of color from white neighborhoods, as well as the introduction of […]

    • I also feel the same way about how residential segregation will always exist because of the detrimental policies that were created in the past. Although that sounds like a great solution, I don’t think that it would actually happen as people are greedy for money; therefore, the supers of the buildings wouldn’t lower rent and also the cost of living isn’t something that a single person can change.

  • The first half of the semester in my Urban Studies class has taught me a lot on poverty and affluence and it has shown me how prevalent economic and racial inequality is throughout history and how it pertains to […]

    • Re labor unions – labor unions were important in securing particular rights for workers because when working together collectively, they have more power to challenge their employers. When unions do not exist (and there are less today than in the early part of the 20th C), workers have less power to fight for better wages and working conditions, and employers have more power to pay themselves and higher level managers a lot of money. This contributes to growing the income gap.

  • Working a full time schedule in the present day in age does not cut it in terms of living and making ends meet. Much of the country has seen an increase in living costs that has surpassed the amount people make […]

    • I think you bring up some good points but i think that the solution needs to brainstormed more away from the ordinary. Low wage jobs are mostly unskilled jobs, by increasing the minimum wage I believe there will be many more people without jobs. I think once there is a shift in the minimum wage the job market will change exponentially to a more skilled labor force at the bottom. This will help raise the lower class if welfare programs focus on skills and not just focusing on feeding you. It is like the whole teach a man to fish thing, if you want people to be self-reliant there must teach and not just give.

    • As someone who has lived in Queens for my whole life, I understand what you mean by the living costs being extremely high. However, I’m not sure if raising the minimum wage would solve this issue alone. I believe if the minimum wage was raised, that businesses would react to this by seeking more skilled workers and businesses would raise prices of their products. Basically, I just see the market rising their prices respectively with the minimum wage, which may end up changing nothing. As far as welfare goes, I think that it definitely helps people, but it may also have people get to accustomed to relying on the government. Perhaps there needs to be government programs giving financial aid and assistance for education instead of just handing out money.

  • This is a greatly written, detailed blog post with relevant sources that are hyperlinked above. I would say that the industrial revolution was one of the main sparks that got NYC on a path to become one of the biggest, greatest cities in the world.I agree with you when you say that with the good of a city there also comes a bad. New York is home…[Read more]

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    Giuseppe Lore

    Urban Studies 101

    I walked around the neighborhood of Howard Beach, Queens and I did not see too much disparity between social classes. There are definitely inequalities between the […]

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